Sept. 24, 2005
CARY, N.C. -- Despite running in rather dusty conditions, both the University of Georgia men's and women's cross country teams recorded top-six finishes in the Nike Race of Champions at the Great American Cross Country festival in Cary, N.C.
The No. 21 women's team finished in fourth place with a score of 119. Winning the race with a score of 20 was No. 2 Duke followed by No. 6 Brigham Young (68 points) and No. 29 Virginia (110 points).
The Georgia women were led by junior Kristin Heffelfinger, who finished the 5K race in 12th place with a time of 17:32. Other top-50 finishers for Georgia included senior Lauren Burks (19th, 17:50), junior Jill Steffens (21st, 17:54), sophomore Nicole DeMarco (41st, 18:30), and sophomore Sarah Madebach (49th, 18:45).
"Overall I was very pleased with how our women's team ran today," said UGA cross country coach Dave Hartman. "We had to hold three of our top six runners out for various reasons so under the circumstances I think the team responded very well."
The men's team finished in sixth place with a score of 172 points, which followed Charlotte (fifth, 168 points), Wake Forest (fourth, 138 points), Abilene Christian (third, 83 points), Virginia (second 60 points) and No. 19 William & Mary (first, 48 points).
Leading the Georgia men was junior Ian Burrell, who finished in 14th place with an 8K time of 24:37. Other top -50 finishers for Georgia included junior Sam Gillespie (32nd, 25:22), sophomore Charlie Dickhaus (42nd, 25:37), freshman Coleman Hoover (44th, 25:40) and sophomore Riley Miller (46th, 25:45).